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  The purpose and goal of brain mapping is to advance the understanding of the relationship between structure and function in the human brain. Scientists in this field seek to gain knowledge of the physical processes that underlie human sensation, attention awareness and cognition. These results are immediately applicable to surgical intervention, to the design of medical interventions and to the treatment of psychological and psychiatric disorders.

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10/29
NIH-led study explores prevention of heart disease in HIV-infected people
Clinical trial to assess the effects of aspirin and statins on preventing cardiovascular disease in …
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10/28
Women's Reproductive Health Research (WRHR) Career Development Program (K12)
Funding Opportunity RFA-HD-15-011 from the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts. The purp…
10/28
10/27
Outstanding New Environmental Scientist (ONES) Award (R01)
Funding Opportunity RFA-ES-15-003 from the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts. The Outs…
10/24
Texas nurse free of Ebola virus; discharged from NIH Clinical Center
NIH Clinical Center discharges Nina Pham who is free of Ebola virus disease.…
10/24
NIH media briefing on discharge of Ebola patient from its Clinical Center Special Clinical Studies Unit
NIH officials will brief reporters about the discharge of Nina Pham.…
10/23
NIH announces grants for frontotemporal degeneration research
Projects will help advance research through collaborations and development of novel strategies.…
10/22
NIH begins early human clinical trial of VSV Ebola vaccine
Researchers at NIAID are conducting the early phase trial to evaluate the vaccine, called VSV-ZEBOV.…
10/21
Update on Clinical Status of Ebola Patient at the NIH Clinical Center
Ms. Pham's clinical status has been upgraded from fair to good.…
10/20
Shaking up cell biology
Researchers focus in on decades old mystery.…
10/17
Using social media to better understand, prevent, and treat substance use
NIH announces 11 awards funded across three institutes.…
09/24
NIH awards ~$31 million to enhance diversity in the biomedical research workforce
Funds to develop new approaches that engage researchers, including those from backgrounds underrepre…
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National initiative shows multisystem approaches to reduce diabetes disparities
Exciting results from an innovative, multicultural, five-year initiative, known as the Alliance to R…
10/30
The geometry of RNA
To understand the function of an RNA molecule we need to know its three-dimensional structure. Unfor…
10/30
New guidelines for reproductive & developmental toxicity testing of oligonucleotide drugs
Oligonucleotide-based therapeutics present unique challenges when it comes to testing their potentia…
10/30
Air quality and unconventional oil and gas sites
Research suggesting air pollutants released by unconventional oil and gas production are well over r…
10/30
Ghrelin Stimulates an Appetite for Drinking Alcohol
Ghrelin is a hormone released by the stomach and it stimulates appetite and food intake. Alcohol is …
10/30
Chronic Fatigue Patients Show Brain...
… the new study, scientists conducted magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) on 15 CFS patients &#…
10/30
Aortic Valve Replacement Appears Safe, Effective in Very Elderly Patients
Aortic valve replacement (AVR) can safely be used to treat severe aortic stenosis in patients age 90…
10/30
Epidemiological Study by Penn Vet Professor Investigates Parasite-Schizophrenia Connection
Many factors, both genetic and environmental, have been blamed for increasing the risk of a diagnosi…
10/30
Possible Cause of Common Dementia Found, Opening Avenues for Treatment
… on computerized tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans of old…
10/30
Peripheral clocks don't need the brain's master clock to function correctly
New research published in the November 2014 issue of The FASEB Journal further adds to our understan…
10/30
Air quality and unconventional oil and gas sites
Research suggesting air pollutants released by unconventional oil and gas production are well over r…
10/30
After Decades of Research, Effectiveness of Phone Interventions for Cancer Patients and Survivors Still Unknown
Increasingly, cancer care respects the fact that a patient's body is only part of the system that re…
10/30
Study identifies potential treatment target for cocaine addiction
A study led by investigators from Massachusetts General Hospital and the Perelman School of Medicine…
10/30
National initiative shows multisystem approaches to reduce diabetes disparities
Exciting results from an innovative, multicultural, five-year initiative, known as the Alliance to R…
10/30
Structural Connectivity Changes Underlying Altered Working Memory Networks in Mild Cognitive Impairment: A Three?Way Image Fusion Analysis
CONCLUSIONSOur findings suggest that impairments of structural fiber tract integrity accompany break…
10/30
To reap the brain benefits of physical activity, just get moving!
Everyone knows that exercise makes you feel more mentally alert at any age. But do you need to follo…
10/30
To reap the brain benefits of physical activity, just get moving!
Everyone knows that exercise makes you feel more mentally alert at any age. But do you need to follo…
10/29
High powered MRI scans identify language centres in brain
… found how 7-Tesla ultra high-field magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) could be used to &#823…
10/29
Does the human brain see pets as children?
… . There, they used a functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) machine, which looks at &…
10/29
Modelling human development and disease in pluripotent stem-cell-derived gastric organoids
Gastric diseases, including peptic ulcer disease and gastric cancer, affect 10% of the world?s popul…
10/29
Why your brain sees your pets as kids
… . There, they used a functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) machine, which looks at &…
10/29
Brain abnormalities linked to chronic fatigue
… School of Medicine. Researchers performed magnetic resonance imaging (MRI…
10/29
Tissue-specific clocks in Arabidopsis show asymmetric coupling
Many organisms rely on a circadian clock system to adapt to daily and seasonal environmental changes…
10/29
EEG test to help understand and treat schizophrenia
Researchers at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have validated an EEG test to …
10/29
Learning a new word stimulates the same region of the brain as sex, research shows
… activity of both groups using magnetic resonance imaging while they did this. Usually &#82…
10/29
Brain responses to disgusting images help reveal political leanings
An team of scientists led by Virginia Tech reports that the strength of a person's reaction to repul…
10/29
Preventative action prior to brain surgery - ultra-high-field MRI reveals language centres in the brain in much more detail
In a new investigation by the University Department of Neurology, it has been possible for the first…
10/29
Study identifies potential treatment target for cocaine addiction
A study led by investigators from Massachusetts General Hospital and the Perelman School of Medicine…
10/29
Strong bonds with pets may help foster resiliency in military-connected children
Developing resiliency has important benefits for children, especially those from military families f…
10/29
Chronic fatigue: structural abnormalities found in brains of patients
… Dr. Jose G. Montoya performed magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) on 15 patients with ……
10/29
To reap the brain benefits of physical activity, just get moving!
Everyone knows that exercise makes you feel more mentally alert at any age. But do you need to follo…
10/29
Brain responses to disgusting images help reveal political leanings
… and gay marriage. Using functional magnetic resonance imaging, scientists…
10/29
Liberal or conservative? Reactions to disgust are a dead giveaway
The way a person's brain responds to a single disgusting image is enough to reliably predict whether…
10/28
Pair Bonding Reinforced in the Brain
The song control system in the brain of zebra finches is also active during simple communication cal…
10/28
Study sheds light on why we might remember some things and not others
Why do we remember some things and not others? In a unique imaging study, two Northwestern Universit…
10/28
Researchers observe brain development in utero
New investigation methods using functional magnetic resonance tomography (fMRT) offer insights into …
10/28
Scientists Uncover Major Factor in Development of Huntingtons Disease
A new study points to a functional connection between mTOR and huntingtin. …
10/27
Review your Supplemental Disability plan during Open Enrollment
If you?re enrolled in UC?s Supplemental Disability plan and have a 7-day or 30-day waiting period, y…
10/26
Activity in Dendrites is Critical in Memory Formation
A new study reports on the role of dendrites in memory formation. …
10/26
Neuroimaging News
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10/26
Real Time Readout of Neurochemical Activity
Implanted engineered cells with fluorescent dyes which change color in response to dopamine and nore…
10/26
Calcium transient prevalence across the dendritic arbour predicts place field properties
Establishing the hippocampal cellular ensemble that represents an animal?s environment involves the …
10/26
Structure and mechanism of the tRNA-dependent lantibiotic dehydratase NisB
Lantibiotics are a class of peptide antibiotics that contain one or more thioether bonds. The lantib…
10/26
Long-term phenotypic evolution of bacteria
For many decades comparative analyses of protein sequences and structures have been used to investig…
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10/22
Luminal signalling links cell communication to tissue architecture during organogenesis
Morphogenesis is the process whereby cell collectives are shaped into differentiated tissues and org…
10/22
Productivity limits and potentials of the principles of conservation agriculture
One of the primary challenges of our time is to feed a growing and more demanding world population w…
10/19
Hepatitis A virus and the origins of picornaviruses
Hepatitis A virus (HAV) remains enigmatic, despite 1.4 million cases worldwide annually. It differs …
10/19
Reductive dehalogenase structure suggests a mechanism for B12-dependent dehalogenation
Organohalide chemistry underpins many industrial and agricultural processes, and a large proportion …
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UCLA has constructed the world’s most comprehensive atlas of the human brain. International Consortium for Brain MappingNational Institutes of Health: $5.5MAs many ways as our brains are similar, there are subtle differences that make each unique. Consequently, it is difficult to know what within the human brain is normal and what is not. Neurologists may be well acquainted with the brain’s gross anatomy, but this absence of exactitude poses problems that have potential implications for researchers as well as for surgeons trying to navigate the corrugations of this most essential organ.Now there is the world’s most comprehensive atlas of the brain, developed by a multidisciplinary team of UCLA researchers with colleagues in six other countries and at two U.S. universities. The atlas database comprises high-definition structural maps — from gross anatomy to microscopic detail — based on scans of the brains of some 7,000 individuals and referenced for age, race, gender, educational background, genetic composition and other distinguishing characteristics. Layered over the anatomical maps are brain functions such as memory, emotion, language and speech.The need for such a tool is evident; within the past 12 months there have been more than 1.5 million visits to the consortium’s Web site and 43,000 downloads of highly detailed information. And the database — in some respects the equivalent of the human genome project — continues to grow as researchers plug in new information.
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